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RIT’s Diversity Statement

RIT does not discriminate.  RIT promotes and values diversity within its workforce and provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, creed, age, marital status, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status, or disability.

Our Diverse Community

A Closer Look

Throughout your life, you’ll interact with people from different cultures and from every continent. Your success will depend on your experience with and understanding of cross-cultural issues, here and abroad.

At RIT you’ll live and study with over 1,400 international students from 100 countries. In addition, more than 2,000 students of color have elected to study at RIT, embodying our commitment to diversity. Adding a social and educational dynamic not found at any other university are more than 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students supported by RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

The variety of backgrounds and perspectives represented in the RIT community enriches the learning experience for all. As you interact on team-based projects, in residences halls, and in day-to-day activities, we believe you will be enriched and better prepared for the opportunities and challenges of global interdependence.

Our Inclusive Excellence Framework provided one of the guiding principles for RIT’s Strategic Plan ‘Greatness through Difference’ 2025.

The Division for Diversity & Inclusion

The Division for Diversity & Inclusion  is a vital resource for developing and implementing campus wide initiatives and programs that foster an inclusive living, learning and working environment while incorporating principles of equity, diversity and inclusive excellence.  Through various programs and special projects, the Division continues to foster relationships between faculty, staff, students and the Greater Rochester Community.